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Nets’ Blake Griffin: “All I’ve heard is how bad I am. You sign with this team and everybody’s like, ‘That’s not fair!’”

Blake Griffin after Nets-Pistons game

DETROIT, MI - MARCH 26: Blake Griffin #2 of the Brooklyn Nets interviews after the game against the Detroit Pistons on March 26, 2021 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Brian Sevald/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Nets have elicited hysteria by loading their roster with Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan and – more recently – Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge after buyouts.

Griffin, via Brian Lewis of the New York Post:

“It’s kind of funny to me, because for the last couple years all I’ve heard is how bad I am. You sign with this team and everybody’s like, ‘that’s not fair!’ ” Griffin said when asked by The Post about the strong reactions

There’s a simple explanation for this “hypocrisy:" A lot of people comment on the NBA. They hold a wide range of views, including polar opposites. Some people thought Griffin was bad. Other people think Brooklyn is unfairly stacked. They aren’t the same people.

Griffin really struggled with the Pistons last season and early this season.

He could also help the Nets. They needed depth after the Harden trade. Griffin could contribute in a limited role, especially in on a winning team.

This is mostly about name recognition. If Brooklyn plucked a similar-caliber player from the minor league – not totally inconceivable, especially when considering health – he wouldn’t have caused any panic. But Griffin still carries star status from his time with the Clippers (and his first full season in Detroit). So, casual fans are overreacting.